Origin: United States
Dog Breed Group: Pastoral Dog (Herding Dog)
Life Span: 10-15 years
Weight: 50-65 pounds (male), 40-55 pounds (female)
Height: 20-23 inches (male), 18-21 inches (female)
Origin of Name: The Australian Shepherd is believed to have developed from a variety of herding dogs imported to California with sheep import.
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The Australian Shepherd is descended from a line of Europe's finest shepherds. The tour of Australia began near the Purinese Mountains in Europe. It was here, in the border between France and Spain, where indigenous people, known as natives, built their centuries-old reputation as world-class shepherds. His dog of choice was called the Pyrenean Shepherd, the ancestor of our modern Australians.
In the early 1800s, the Anglo Amigris of Australia began a push into the vast interior of the continent in search of rich pastures for cattle races. Eventually, with their loyal shepherd dogs in tow, several basses sailed east, to try their luck on the Virgin Australian continent, a wide open paradise for sheep shepherds.
During his long stay in Australia, the Basque Shepherd refined his dogs with prudent crosses for British imports to Australia, the Colise and the Border Colleges. Having built their flocks, fearless bassists left Australia for lush green pastures — literally and left for California.
California rankers praised Besik's shepherd dogs and believed them to be an Australian breed - thus the misleading name Australian Shepherd. Australian, more sophisticated and proven in the US, has been an iconic part of cowboy culture. Many are still happily flocking to the American West, earning others their feed as rodeo artists, and still others such versatile breed work as therapy dogs, drug detectors, service dogs, and search-and-find. Rescue as dogs. The Australian Shepherd entered the AKC Herring Group in 1993.